A dedicated Town Centre Team made up of Special Constables, Police Community Support Officers and a Police Constable has been recruited by Essex Police as part of the Colchester Town Centre Action Plan (TCAP).
This week sees the launch Team Ten a multi-agency project delivered in partnership by Essex Police, Colchester Borough Council and Colchester Borough Homes. The project is designed to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
Cllr Mike Lilley, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Public Safety & Licencing, said: “This strong partnership will equip us with the skills and resources to call time on street drinking, anti-social behaviour, aggressive begging and drug use in the town centre to ensure the town is a safe, welcoming and attractive town for everyone.”
Chief Inspector Shaun Kane, District Commander for Colchester, said: “I’m thrilled to have appointed our Team Ten members, who will be out on the beat and tackling crime and anti-social behaviour, helping to keep the town centre even safer.
The TCAP partnership identifies individuals or groups who are involved in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour in the town and looks to deal with them in the most appropriate way. This may be via increased enforcement and the issue of penalty notices or where appropriate, support from partner organisations, outreach coordinators and homelessness organisations.
TCAP is led by Colchester Borough Council’s Community Safety Team, along with Essex Police, Colchester Borough Homes and other members of the Safer Colchester Partnership.
For more information visit: www.safercolchester.co.uk/